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Forest County Electric options

We currently use Warren Electric Co Op for our camp in Howe Twsp. Average monthly is 22.80...and we NEVER go over that base. I hear of people paying only $15-$17/month for camp service. Anyone paying less than the $22.80 in this area and who should we switch too if possible? Thanks!

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Ours is a little more in elk county. Not much though

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Pennelec charges us 7 or 8 bucks a month. Of course, I'm only up there two or three days a month.

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My cabin is near Highland Corners in Elk County. We have West Penn Power and our electric bill averages around 15 bucks a month. Thats when I'm there about every other weekend and let my fridge run all the time.
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Current bill with Warren Electric for 10 days at camp last month, $25.36.
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As Danesdad said, penelec is around 9 bucks a month as a minimum. My bill in Tionesta with Central Electric has NEVER been more than a few bucks under $40 whether we're there or not since they put in our "smart" meters

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The new electronic "smart" meters will read useage down to milamps where the old "mechanical" (gear driven) meter would never read usage that low.

The old mechanical meters took a certain amount of "starting current" to make the disc turn, if you had a clock or a electronic thermostate and nothing else on at the time the older meters would never record any usage as the current used didn't reach the threshold to "start" the disc turning (farmers who had fencers on and nothing else paid no usage as the mechanicals would never start on the "pulse").

The electronics will read even the amount of current it takes to power that transformer on your furnace that converts 120 volts to 24 for the thermostate (takes about 8 kwh per month on average).

As things "turn on", lights,hot water tank etc, all those small users would add on and be recorded as the meter was already turning with the older meters. Thus some place with little usage will see a bigger difference with the change (on their monthly bill)than a larger user.

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Also check on your base rate and kwh rate, some utilities charge a seasonal (camp) a larger cost per kwh because of the low usage.

It cost X amount of dollars to maintain a mile of line no matter what the usage.

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Also check on your base rate and kwh rate, some utilities charge a seasonal (camp) a larger cost per kwh because of the low usage.

It cost X amount of dollars to maintain a mile of line no matter what the usage.
Yes, it's true that the cost of maintaining lines in a rural area should be higher per customer but when a "non profit" electric company and a "for profit" company are side by side serving very similar areas, the bill shouldn't be 3-4 times higher for similar use from the "non profit"
company ?!?!?!?

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Check and compare the base rate, rate per kwh and services offered. You also have to check the usage that is being compared (one place using 10 kwh another using 100 kwh)

If one comany has 50 consumers per mile total and the other has 7 per mile total there will be a difference in cost of service.

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